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Obligatory "get out the vote" posting.
blaisepascal
It's "Super Tuesday", where in 24 states the Democratic or Republican parties (or both) are formally canvassing their membership to help determine who the respective parties will endorse for President of the United States in a few months.

(boy, that puts it into perspective).

If you are a member of either of those political parties, and your party is holding a primary or caucus today, go participate.

As an aside, I've had a few members of my friends list essentially post "Go Vote! You're a bad person if you don't", and I've even gotten a phone call from my mother berating me for not voting today. But I'm not allowed to participate in intraparty decision making, so I can't (legally) vote today. Please keep that in mind when urging folks to get out and vote.

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>Please keep that in mind when urging folks to get out and vote.

Yea, that's why I put in my first paragraph in my post. If you're not registered with either political party you can't vote, true.

Now Mom and I have to pressure you to register Democratic! :-)

But your reply to my comment implied I was a bad person for not voting.

Maybe now is a good time to post a "political parties shouldn't be part of the formal apparatus of election" rant.


Your comment is very unclear as to why you are not voting, hence both kinnerc's and my confusing replies.


That's because I thought you were registered.

I am, just not as a member of any party.

I tried to re-register as democrat just for the primary vote... and my voter registration card came back as green party. not sure what happened there. oh well.

If you're not registered with either political party you can't vote, true.

Depends on the state and the party. In Maryland, the Democratic primary is closed, meaning only registered Democrats can vote in it. The Republican primary is open, which means anyone may vote in it, provided they didn't vote in the Democratic one as well. They did this to encourage independents to vote with them, and I'd prefer it if more state-parties did so.


And in NJ, where I vote, you walked in, they asked which party you were voting for, and then they'd set the machine to prevent you from voting the other line.

But I'm not allowed to participate in intraparty decision making, so I can't (legally) vote today.

Could you expand a bit more? I don't doubt you at all, I just don't understand.

I'm not a registered member of the Democratic party. As such, the party rules in New York State do not allow me to participate in the method by which New York Democratic Party helps the national Democratic party decide whom to endorse.

Repeat the above with "Republican" substituted for "Democratic".

Ah, I see. I have gotten used to Tennessee, which has open primaries -- any registered voter may vote in either (but not both).

Thank you for the explanation.

As an aside, I've had a few members of my friends list essentially post "Go Vote! You're a bad person if you don't"

*heh* This reminds me of when I was in college, and my fraternity Big Sister was yelling at people for not voting. She asked me if I voted, and I said no, and she started sputtering about, "Why not, you of all people, I know you're so into politics?!"

"Kate? I'M SEVENTEEN. I can't vote till next year!"

Yay assumptions. I also have a friend who is very into politics but is not a U.S. citizen (LPR by marriage) and thus can't vote, which I think he finds vaguely disappointing.

Mine was intended to be more of a "if you can and you're inclined, please go vote!" It wasn't intended to offend.

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